With the peak of migration having passed in many parts of the country, and the volume and variety of birds at our feeders lessened, late spring is a great time to catch up on other birdy pursuits—for example, getting caught up on your favorite bird-centric podcasts.
Do you know about our podcast Out There with the Birds? Last week we published our 69th episode! The OTWTB podcast began with our beloved editor Bill Thompson, III, and our friend and optics expert Ben Lizdas discussing birds, life, music, technology, birding trips—all sorts of topics. It was like sitting in on a conversation between two interesting friends of yours. It has evolved since Bill’s passing, but the variety of interesting topics, personalities, and destinations continues to make it a favorite among birders.
And if you get through all 69 of those, you’ll want to go back into our archives to listen to Bill’s original podcast. In early 2007, Bill dipped his toe into the world of podcasting with the debut of This Birding Life, in which, primarily, he interviewed noteworthy birders, often while he was on a birding adventure. Thousands of people subscribed to this podcast, and apparently hung on his every word. People who had never subscribed to Bird Watcher’s Digest subscribed to This Birding Life because it was just that good. He recorded 89 episodes of that podcast, and the last couple were recorded when he knew he wouldn’t be around much longer. One of the final episodes, with ABA President Jeff Gordon and his wife Liz Gordon, who were decades-long friends of Bill, is particularly poignant. If ever you need a good cry, track down that episode. But if you need a good laugh, or just want to hear an interesting story about a birding adventure, or an interview with a world-class birder, then listen to all 89 episodes. Not kidding. Load up your podcasting app and drive a thousand miles. You’ll be entertained the whole way.
About the Author
Dawn Hewitt is the editor for Bird Watcher's Digest and Watching Backyard Birds. She has been watching birds since 1979, and wrote a weekly birding column for The Herald Times newspaper in Bloomington, Indiana, for 11 years.